This platform aims to put financial markets to work for sustainability and investigate how financial systems can better contribute to sustainable development.
How can financial systems be put to better work for the sustainable development of society? Our platform Sustainable Finance contains two research programs, divided into numerous projects.
About the platform manager:
Emma Sjöström is a research fellow at Misum at the Stockholm School of Economics. Her research centers on sustainable investment, and how the financial market can be used as an arena for supporting a sustainable development. Currently, she is conducting research on investor engagement with utility companies on phasing out coal. Emma Sjöström is also writing teaching cases on sustainability and sustainable finance, to be used in the education at the SSE.
Sustainable Finance programs:
1. Vinnova Green Finance. Green finance is a fulfilment of Goal 17 where finance sector incentives align with the global development agenda through investment opportunities in environmental solutions. But several challenges are posing barriers. The new Vinnova program at Misum will address some of these critical barriers by creating an innovative solutions oriented research environment where academia and the finance sector meet. Through three different projects, we will use Sweden as a “Market Lab” for testing, demonstrating and offering concrete solutions that will support greener financial decisions. It is our hope that our outputs will be self-sustained in the longer term and also serve as good examples to be picked up and implemented in other markets as well.
Partners: Misum, through its platform on Sustainable Finance, is program host. Collaborating partners include SSE Executive Education, ICMA Centre at Henley Business School, Storebrand and the 7th Swedish National Pension Fund.
Project 1: Swedish Action Lab
Our first project aims at changing the “capital market conversation” by demonstrating how it can be inclusive of material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.
Project 2: Diploma in Green Finance
Our second project will develop a brand new Executive Education program at the Stockholm School of Economics to educate finance professionals in green finance instruments to scale up green investments.
Project 3: Investing for Impact
Our third project investigates investor impact on phasing out coal in order to provide understanding for how investors better can invest for a 1,5 degree world.
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2. Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) is a research program that has been developed in response to this question. With generous support from MISTRA (the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research), we aim to provide viable ideas for how financial systems can be put to work for the sustainable development of society. Through a total of 30 Research Projects, divided into five Work Packages, carried out by 50 researchers, and over a period of 4 years, we will investigate both possibilities and limitations for the financial sector to support the transition to sustainable societies. At Mistra Financial Systems, we understand “sustainable development” as the realization of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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Partners: Mistra Financial Systems is a joint and collaborate venture between nine research institutions with Misum as the program host.
Misum at the Stockholm School of Economics - Contact: Emma Sjöström
Kingston University - Contact: Antoine Godin
KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Contact: Hans Lööf
Stockholm Environment Institute - Contact: Elena Dawkins
Swedish House of Finance - Contact: Anders Andersson
The ICMA Centre at Henley Business School - Contact: Andreas Hoepner
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences - Contact: Thomas Hahn
University of Gothenburg - Contact: Joakim Sandberg
Vienna University of Economics and Business - Contact: Emanuele Campiglio
Moreover, several other researchers also contribute to Mistra Financial Systems from the University of Leeds, the University of Limerick, Ottowa University, Utrecht University, Duke University, Iowa University, the University of Hamburg, Sociovestix, Sustainable Finance Lab and FORES.
MFS program management:
Mistra Financial Systems is hosted by the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) through its Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum).
Bo Becker, Professor in Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics, is Program Director with overall responsibility for Mistra Financial Systems.
Peter Norman, former Minster for Financial Markets, is the Chairman of the Mistra Financial Systems Program Board and a member of the Misum Board.